Andrej Cavarkapa, who was hit by a car while crossing Trout Brook Drive on Jan. 25, has died of his injuries.
By Ronni Newton
Andrej Cavarkapa, 30, of West Hartford, died Tuesday as a result of injuries he sustained when he was hit by a car while jogging last week.
Police confirmed Wednesday that Cavarkapa had passed away on Tuesday afternoon at St. Francis Hospital.
West Hartford resident Cindy Gerber was at the hospital yesterday when Cavarkapa passed away. Her son, Matt, was one of Cavarkapa’s best friends, she said.
Gerber said that his friends shared the following thoughts: “He was doing what he loved. His life was full and he was in a very happy place. I’m told his favorite time to run it was snowing outside. Yesterday as he left us, the snow was falling ever so beautifully.”
According to Gerber, Hannah Lawrie, Cavarkapa’s girlfriend, said “she said she thought he was running up to heaven.”
According to an update on the GoFundMe page that had been set up to assist the family with medical expenses, Cavarkapa had undergone a craniotomy several days ago in order to relieve pressure in his skull. He had been able to move his fingers and toes slightly and was responding to pain, his friend posted, and the doctors proceeded with the surgery which resulted in improvement in his intracranial pressure.
The GoFundMe campaign had raised $25,842, exceeding the $25,000 goal.
“It’s devastating to family, friends, and the school community at RHAM,” West Hartford Police Capt. Jeff Rose said Wednesday.
Cavarkapa taught several science classes, including physics, at RHAM High School in Hebron.
“It sounds like he was a very beloved person and it’s a real tragedy,” Rose said. “The thoughts and prayers of the West Hartford Police Department are with the family.”
According to police, Cavarkapa was jogging west on Asylum Avenue and was in the crosswalk of Trout Brook Drive when he was struck by a southbound vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle that hit Cavarkapa, 19-year-old Khang Nguyen of South Windsor, had a green light, police said. He has not been charged in the incident, Rose said.
No further information about the accident has been released.
Rose said that he did not yet have any information about funeral arrangements or other services. That information will be added once it is available.
“It was an unbelievably tragic accident,” Rose said.